Working in Person Matters at the Beginning of a Project

A study of a global manufacturing firm found that scientists and engineers who often walked by one another in the office were significantly more likely to end up collaborating at the beginning of projects.

A researcher that studied the effects of spontaneous work-related communication and found less idea generation for groups that were located in different places. However, being located in different places did not matter for later stages of a project.

Read A Model of Potential Encounteres in the Workplace.

Read Flexible Work and The Effect of Informal Communication on Idea Generation and Innovation.

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